definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Hyundai Elantra:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #1

Jan 042009


  • 40,000 miles
I was driving at around 40 mph when the vehicle in front of me stopped short to let a police car cross our lane. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting this car. I pulled over to the side of the road because I heard a strange sound, as though I had a flat tire. After being towed to my mechanic, I was told that the passenger side control arm had snapped because it was completely rusted out. I have about 40,000 miles on the car. I was also told that I was very lucky this didn't happen on the highway at high speed.

- Hampton, NH, USA